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We’re recruiting… university placements

Sadly, we’re coming to the end of a fabulous three months with our current university placements Sonia Martins and Charlotte Young who are back to the text books in the new year.

However, this does mean that we’re on the lookout for some more brilliant students who want to learn about how a theatre company works from the inside to join Team PP’s Production and Administration Departments.

Does that sound like you? Great. Here’s some more info on how to get involved…

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WHAT WOULD I BE DOING?

You can choose to join either the Administration or Production Department supporting the teams on everything from open auditions and literary submissions to marketing meetings and play text proofing.

Have a look at the sample job descriptions on our website for more of an idea but do bear in mind that these can be flexible depending on your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

“There’s not really a better place to be… They gave me a platform where I could grow as an artist and a theatre-maker, and I wouldn’t be going to New York without them.”

Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement 2015-16
Hugo is now managing the New Works Lab at Playwrights Horizons

WHEN WOULD I BE DOING IT?

– Placements last three months and you will be in PPHQ 3-5 days per week, subject to your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

– We offer £10 per day worked to cover travel expenses, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

– You must be over 18 and in full- or part-time study. We don’t mind what you’re studying as long as you have a love of theatre and an interest in learning about new writing and touring.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Please send a CV and short (no more than one page) covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to simone@painesplough.com.

Application deadline 10am on Monday 12 December
Interviews Thursday 15 December
Placement dates Three consecutive months within the period January-July 2017, 3-5 days per week

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recruitment: Work Placements

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Anna Himali Howard Trainee Director 2016 (Cred. Helen Murray)

We are currently recruiting for autumn 2016 university placements in the Production and Administration teams. Please see below for more information on the scheme and how to apply.

WORK PLACEMENTS

We offer a flexible programme of work placements designed to support the study of students on university and drama school theatre courses at a BA or MA level.

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You can choose to work in either the Administration or Production team supporting the teams as described in the sample job descriptions below. These may be altered on discussion of your particular fields of interest and Paines Plough’s current needs.

Timeline
Placements last three months and you will be in PPHQ 3-5 days per week, subject to your personal study requirements, 10am-6pm with a one-hour break for lunch.

Expenses
We offer £10 per day worked to cover travel expenses, as well as occasional theatre trips and touring opportunities.

“There’s not really a better place to be… They gave me a platform where I could grow as an artist and a theatre-maker, and I wouldn’t be going to New York without them.”

Hugo Timbrell, Production Placement 2015-16 Hugo is now managing the New Works Lab at Playwrights Horizons

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a CV and one-page covering letter detailing your experience, why you are interested in Paines Plough and what you hope to gain from the placement to simone@painesplough.com.

Application deadline Thursday 25 August
Interviews Noon Thursday & Friday 1 & 2 September
Start date Wednesday 7 September
End date Friday 16 December

If these dates are not quite suitable for your course, please do send in your application anyway as we will be open to discussing alternatives.

 

ADMIN PLACEMENT

The Admin Placement works closely with the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant supporting day to day administration of the company the company and will have the opportunity to take responsibility for the co-ordination of specific projects. Duties include but are not limited to:

Office Administration:

-  To act as a welcoming and helpful first point of contact for all enquiries and visitors, either in person, by telephone or by email
-  To support the Administrator with the co-ordination of meetings, including minuting, purchase and preparation of refreshments, welcoming guests, etc
-  To be responsible for general office management including routine correspondence, filing and archiving, opening and distributing mail, general housekeeping, monitoring and ordering stationery supplies and consumables when running low
-  To work with the Finance & Admin Assistant on the administration and promotion of rehearsal space including welcoming hire clients, delivering H&S briefings, marketing the facilities and co-ordinating bookings
-  To manage the invitations database and regularly inform the company of recent invitations to other productions
-  To co-ordinate and arrange theatre tickets for permanent and freelance staff
-  To arrange couriers and other deliveries as necessary
-  To liaise with suppliers and visitors as appropriate
-  To provide general assistance to all staff as necessary without neglecting core duties

Press, Marketing and Digital:

-  To assist with the maintenance of the company website
-  To assist with the proofing of newsletter and website copy
-  To assist with the maintenance of company CRM and database, Salesforce
-  To collate audience feedback (on and offline) in the company’s central database
-  To generate reports on this information as required

Literary and Open Auditions:

-  To be responsible for company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases, being the first point of contact for the writers, informing them of the progress of their submission, maintaining the script database and distributing scripts to be read
–  To support the Administrator and Finance & Admin Assistant with the Open Auditions processes and systems, arranging venues, coordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors, arranging audition timeslots and acting as front of house as necessary

General:

-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
-  To uphold and implement Paines Plough’s policies including but not limited to equal opportunities, health and safety and the staff handbook

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Admin. Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
–  A friendly and welcoming attitude
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in an administrative role
-  An understating of the theatre industry as a whole, in particular the subsidised sector

 

PRODUCTION PLACEMENT

Responsible to: Assistant Producer

The Production Placement works closely with the Production team, supporting the delivery of Paines Plough’s full programme of work. Duties include but are not limited to:

Productions:
The following components of the role sit across all Paines Plough’s programme (Small Scale, Mid Scale and Roundabout):

-  To have an understanding of the company’s programme and activities
-  To assist the Production Assistant to book any travel and accommodation required for Creative and
– Production Teams as well as Paines Plough’s core staff for each production
-  To assist with the co-ordination of production meetings, including collation and distribution of papers, preparation of refreshments, greeting guests
-  To support in all administrative elements of the casting process, including availability checks, scheduling meetings and maintaining lists.
-  To compile production contact sheets, print scripts and general production office administration

Press, Marketing and Digital:
-  To assist with obtaining biographies and any other relevant programme information from members of the Cast, Production and Creative Teams
-  To assist in the compilation and printing of play texts and programmes
-  To assist with the proofing of promotional print/copy and play texts when necessary
-  To assist in the compilation of Marketing Packs and Schedules for each production
-  To collate and input audience data and feedback from tour venues
– Insights, The Big Room and Open Auditions
-  To assist with administrating the company’s unsolicited script submission processes and databases,
-  To assist with administrating Open Auditions, co-ordinating the publicity of the Open Auditions, managing communication with actors and arranging audition timeslots

General:
-  To attend weekly company meetings
-  To attend company previews, events and press nights as required
-  To be an enthusiastic advocate of Paines Plough and have a thorough understanding of the company’s mission, vision and aims
– To work with Paines Plough’s core staff in all pastoral aspects of production and day to day running of the company

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Candidates need to possess the following attributes/skills to be considered for the position of Production Placement:

Essential knowledge, skills and experience:
-  An enthusiasm for theatre, particularly new writing
-  An ability to work well within a small team
-  Excellent oral and written communication skills
-  A capacity to operate and understand IT packages and databases (affinity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Desirable knowledge, skills and experience:
-  Experience of working in the arts
-  An awareness of the current theatrical landscape in the UK

 

We look forward to hearing from you,
Team PP.